The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 currently ranks 10th of 17 affordable midsize cars, which is an improvement over the 2014 model that placed near the bottom of the class. Here’s how changes for 2015 have made the Chrysler 200 competitive in the midsize car segment.
Reviewers agree that the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is a step above its predecessor in terms of interior materials and design, while some say the 200’s cabin quality is near luxury-grade. Critics are also impressed with the Chrysler 200’s UConnect infotainment system, which was criticized in older models for being dated compared to competitors’ systems. Test drivers say UConnect in the 2015 model is easy to use and exceptionally responsive. Reviewers like the 200’s comfortable front seats, but several note that the back seat has less space than most rivals.
With a retuned suspension for 2015, some test drivers report the new Chrysler 200 has athletic handling for a midsize car, though others note it’s still not as agile as some competitors. The 200’s new nine-speed automatic transmission shifts seamlessly, reviewers note, but like previous models, it’s sometimes slow to find the correct gear during hard acceleration. Critics say power from the 200’s available V6 engine is plentiful in any situation. The 200 has a newly available all-wheel drive system for 2015.
While positive reviews of its interior and performance helped the 2015 Chrysler 200 move up in our rankings, it also gets better fuel economy than previous 200 models. The base 2015 200 earns an EPA-estimated 23/36 mpg city/highway, which is a noteworthy improvement over the 2014 model’s 20/31 mpg rating.
The Chrysler 200 also has several new available driver-assistance technologies for 2015, including lane keep assist, collision detection with automatic braking, parallel and perpendicular parking assist and adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, which can bring the vehicle to a full stop and then re-engage cruise control when traffic begins moving.
The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is a good choice for your next midsize car, but make sure you check out some of the 200’s competitors before making a decision. If you often carry more than one passenger, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat is a great option, as critics say the back seat is very spacious for a midsize sedan. Additionally, the diesel-powered Passat TDI has the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid car in the class. If fun behind the wheel is more of a priority than fuel efficiency, the 2015 Buick Regal is worth considering, as test drivers praise its surprisingly sporty handling. Reviewers also appreciate the Regal’s upscale cabin materials and intuitive infotainment system.
If you’re considering buying a used car, there are better options than the Chrysler 200, as the 2013 model currently ranks close to the bottom of used midsize cars $15K and up. The 2013 Ford Fusion, however, is a great choice because reviewers liked its nimble handling, high-quality cabin materials and comfortable seats when it was new.
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